The Florida State University Policy for International Experiences
The Florida State University recognizes the importance of preparing students to be successful citizens in the global society of the 21st century, and supports international study and intercultural experiences as an integral part of the academic, social and cultural development process of a university education. The following policy has been developed and adopted to ensure the safety and security of all students participating in international experiences. In addition, the policy attempts to ensure that all international programs are academically and culturally enriching experiences.
Implementing the Policy
As per the Florida State University Policy for International Experiences, faculty and staff advisors will need to ensure that they work with their students to ensure that the policy is understood and followed.
If the international experience is administered through International Programs, proceed with their policies. Faculty initiating a for-credit international student experience and students (with departmental approval) enrolling in an Internship as part of an international experience will have the international experience administered through International Programs.
Student International Experience Plan
The following non-credit programs require a Student International Experience Plan (SIEP): international awards funded through Florida State University (including the Congress of Graduate Students), international experiences through the Center for Leadership and Civic Education, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and the Career Center, Registered Student Organization (RSO), university sponsored, university funded or faculty-involved non-credit international experiences, including international conferences.
To complete a Student International Experience Plan (SIEP), follow these steps:
- The student (as an individual or group leader) completes a SIEP
The SIEP is reviewed and approved by the Faculty/Staff advisor ensuring that the students receive pre-departure orientation and that all other requirements are met. Forward the form to the Center for Global Engagement (mail code 4216)
- Prior to departure the Faculty/Staff advisor will forward the following to the Center for Global Engagement (mail code 4216):
- Roster for Global Pathways Student Database (for groups only)
- Date and agenda for the Pre-departure orientation
- Acknowledgement of Risk, Verification of Insurance and General Release Forms* for each participant (*This form can also be used as a template for a Release Form that each student will sign. Any alterations should be reviewed by the Office of General Counsel.)
- The Center for Global Engagement will send confirmation to the student and the Faculty/Staff advisor once all of the requirements have been met.
Travel to High Risk Countries
Additionally, any university-sponsored program, group or individual, planning to travel to a location on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings OR Travel Alerts lists will need to do the following prior to having a SIEP approved:
- Complete an Exemption Request for Travel to Locations on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Alert List prior to step 2. above, and submit it to the International Travel Oversight Committee.
If an exemption is granted, the students must sign the Acknowledgement of Risk, Verification of Insurance and General Release Form assuming full responsibility for the decision to travel and waiving the Florida State University and all of its related entities of any liability.
- Attach the Approved Exemption Request and the Release Form to the SIEP for step 2. above.
Students who are traveling to a country in which they hold citizenship are not required to request an exemption, but are required to complete a SIEP.
Additional Support Materials
- Student Pre-Departure Orientation Sample Agenda
- Faculty/Staff Responsibilities for Leading an International Study/Experience
- Notification Procedures For Emergencies
- Embassy Registration
- Health Insurance Requirements
Blackboard site available for Sponsoring Centers
- Links to the pre-departure resources
- A place for students to upload their:
Inbound International Experiences
Faculty can develop experiences for a group of international students participating in a special academic or cultural program at The Florida State University. To assist in the planning and obtain approvals, use the support materials found at Special Program Development.
The Center for Global Engagement provides immigration and support services to international students, scholars, faculty and staff.